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mr-craig · 2 months ago
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"I think," Tehanu said in her soft, strange voice, "that when I die, I can breathe back the breath that made me live. I can give back to the world all that I didn't do. All that I might have been and couldn't be. All the choices I didn't make. All the things I lost and spent and wasted. I can give them back to the world. To the lives that haven't been lived yet. That will be my gift back to the world that gave me the life I did live, the love I loved, the breath I breathed."
~ Ursula K. Le Guin, from The Other Wind
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jpechacek · 24 days ago
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hazeism · a month ago
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“I hoped indeed to see him. But if he doesn’t wish it, that’s the end of it, of course.”
URSULA K. LE GUIN && mitski / spencer reece / alejandra pizarnik / alexander pushkin (trans a.z. foreman) / carl philips
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the-hearth-and-the-wild · 7 months ago
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We must choose and choose again. The animals need only be and do. We're yoked, and they're free. So to be with an animal is to know a little freedom...
-Ursula K. Le Guin, The Other Wind
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xensilverquill · 5 months ago
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funny little wombo.art thing!
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bastardcosmonaut · 7 months ago
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The funniest worldbuilding detail in existence is that in Earthsea wizards canonically follow catholic priest rules.
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taryo88 · 2 months ago
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Books from March!
January/February
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bliphany · 2 months ago
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Wow I really loved The Other Wind. I’m so glad that I chose to finish the Earthsea series. (I almost gave up after Tales from Earthsea.)
The Other Wind added so many layers to the previous stories I’m still in awe of Le Guin’s ability to do that.
My personal favorites in the series are The Tombs of Atuan, Tehanu, and The Other Wind. I also cannot appreciate her enough for giving me a female character like Tenar who had this well-developed character journey through life. Every stage of her life all contributed to this character. I thanked Le Guin for writing women growing old but was still always just herself, never reduced to a tool, an obstacle to younger new main characters, or stereotypically “useless” or just some greater man’s wife.
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dragonatthedinnertable · 4 months ago
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Book Review: The Other Wind
—by Ursula K Le Guin
This is it. The big one. The conclusion. I also read the sundry short stories of Earthsea not included in the previous book, but TBH they don’t count for too much, not in the shadow of The Other Wind.
Holy shit, I loved it. I walked away from this one with my mind blown. The conclusion, firstly, just wow, it changes everything I knew about Earthsea. (Spoilers later.) But also, the way that it just tied up all of the plots and themes of the preceding books? *chef’s kiss*
Tehanu got more focus, and the best possible happy ending she never dreamed of. I would have maybe liked a bit more from her, but it wasn’t really her book. The Kargish princess Seserakh: the way she overcomes her fear, learns the language, and just kind of charms the implacable King Lebannen. Truly, my fave character. (Also, the kitten Tug. Truly a powerful force for good.)
(Spoilers now) The wall around the dry land. The revelation, that wizards of old built it, for hubris? The impact that had? It might have seemed like it came out of nowhere, but truly it was the best possible conclusion to this. The themes of fear of death, of insignificance, are key threads through the whole series.
And that scene, where wizards and Kargs and dragons come together to tear down the wall? The wall that represents greed and fear and the violence of the pinned butterfly? Powerful. Like, Le Guin is just such a good writer. No-one can write this stuff like she can. I can’t believe I went so long loving Earthsea but not knowing that this was the conclusion! Because this had to be the conclusion.
“All changed!” said Ogion, with his dying breaths. I feel like I’m changed forever by this book.
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neoretrobibliomartini-x · 3 months ago
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How men feared women! she thought, walking among the late-flowering roses. Not as individuals, but women when they talked together, worked together, spoke up for one another - then men saw plots, cabals, constraints, traps being laid. Of course they were right. Women were likely, as women, to take the next generation's part, not this one's; they wove the links men saw as chains, the bonds men saw as bondage.
Ursula K. Le Guin, The Other Wind
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lowcountry-gothic · a year ago
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So maybe the difference isn’t language. Maybe it’s this: animals do neither good nor evil. They do as they must do. We may call what they do harmful or useful, but good and evil belong to us, who chose to choose what we do.
Ursula K. Le Guin, The Other Wind
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studylatin · 11 months ago
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A few recent reads! Horace, Alexiou, Le Guin, and Catullus.
The Other Wind was so beautiful — it made me feel whole and complete. The conversation between Lebannen and Seserakh on the boat was heartwarming. Each character and aspect of plot unfolded deliberately and contemplatively.
Le Guin herself wrote: “Even when I started The Other Wind, all I knew certainly was that the increasing imbalance in the practice of wizardry was caused by a profound error, made long ago; and that not only Cob in The Farthest Shore but Thorion of Roke embodied this misunderstanding of the uses of power, the desire for control, and the nature of death. This was my great theme. To find its resolution I had to play it through. I did so. I knew partly what I wanted to say; not till it was said did I know fully.”
These books concern spellworking, quests, and dragons — but really, they are about earth, balance, humanity, healing, love, reflection, reconciliation.
“‘I think,’ Tehanu said in her soft, strange voice, ‘that when I die, I can breathe back the breath that made me live. I can give back to the world all that I didn’t do. All that I might have been and couldn’t be. All the choices I didn’t make. All the things I lost and spent and wasted. I can give them back to the world. To the lives that haven’t been lived yet. That will be my gift back to the world that gave me the life I did live, the love I loved, the breath I breathed.’”
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starlit-pathways · a year ago
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"There's no lesser or greater in an absolute thing," Sparrowhawk said. "All or nothing at all, the true lover says, and that's the truth of it. My love will never die, he says. He claims eternity. And rightly. How can it die when it's life itself? What do we know of eternity but the glimpse we get of it when we enter that bond?"
—The Other Wind, by Ursula Le Guin
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the-cosmic-bookshelf · 2 years ago
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The Books of Earthsea. Ursula K Le Guin. Illustrated by Charles Vess. Saga Press. 2018.
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billypilgrim14st · 9 months ago
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I just finished The Other Wind, and while I need to sit and think about it for a while I think, Wow what an ending. That imagine of representatives from all of Earthsea joining together in almost, frantic, unity to undo that ancient, horrifying mistake, is gonna stick with me for a bit. It’s one part hopeful, one part haunting and I loved it as an ending that ties the greater story together. Alder And Tehanu, goodbye for now, you’ll be missed.
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laminatednewspaper · a year ago
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I’ve been thinking a lot about Irian and Tehanu...
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verilybitchie · a year ago
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So I finished reading all the Earthsea books and short stories... so now wtf do I do with my life
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stem-and-leaves · a year ago
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Reading the last book in the Earthsea cycle, (amazing series! Can't recommend it enough up to here) and Ursula my good woman... I think you're slipping
So let me get this straight - a wizard doesn't want to take his cat on a boat, because he's worried it won't like being cooped up... But every night he's tormented by the grasping souls of the unquiet dead, and sleeping next to the kitten is the only thing that keeps him tethered to the land of the living, and eases his sleep.
So of course the solution is to go to a shady necromancer and have them take away his powers, yes totally reasonable not contrived in any way
Fuxkin take the cat dude wyd
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buglich · 2 years ago
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hell yeah
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dreame-rie · 2 years ago
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‘What goes too long destroys itself. The forest is forever because it dies and dies and so lives.’
The Other Wind, Ursula K. LeGuin
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